Literary Death Match


Sep 16, 2017, 7:00 pm

It's back! Literary Death Match and Adrian Zuniga return to Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 16th at Sugar Space! LDM marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol's judging (without the meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare.

Judges will include Lara Jones (KRCL), Dallas Graham (The Red Fred Project, and Alexander Ortega (SLUG), while contestants will include Franny Choi, Abraham Smith, Aaron Gates and Danielle Susi.

Tickets are $9.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door, and will be available through Sugar Space's website https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10199119Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM.

Contestants:

FRANNY CHOI is a writer, performer, and teaching artist.
She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and the forthcoming chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams and has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post and PBS NewsHour, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Poetry Review, the Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She is a Project VOICE teaching artist and a member of the Dark Noise Collective.

Abraham Smith is the author of four poetry collections: Ashagalomancy (Action Books, 2015); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). In 2015, he released Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press), a co-edited anthology of contemporary rural American poetry and related essays. His creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Presently, he is at work upon a poetry manuscript about cranes–birds whose song and stature electrify him. Destruction of Man, his book-length poem about farming, is forthcoming in 2018 from Third Man Books.He recently moved to Ogden, Utah to join the English faculty at Weber State University.

Aaron Gates grew up in western Pennsylvania and holds a BA in writing studies from Utah Valley University. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of peculiar: A Queer Literary Journal, which he helped create in Utah in 2015. His poetry has been published in Sugar House Review, Orogeny, and Touchstones.

Danielle Susi is a poet, fiber artist, improviser, and producer of live performances around the country. ​The author of the chapbook The Month in Which We Are Born (Dancing Girl Press, 2015), she received her MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was awarded the New Artists Society Fellowship. She formerly studied and performed improvisational comedy at iO Chicago and she now teaches and performs weekly at The Comedy Loft in Ogden.

Judges:

Lara Jones is the Community Content Manager at KRCL as well as the Executive Producer and Host of KRCL's RadioActive.

Dallas Graham is the circle putting the Red Fred Project together. He created Red Fred and his Jolly Troop in 2010 and has been telling stories with them ever since. He enjoys photojournalism, graphic design, and discovering creative ways of connecting people through their stories. Dallas has produced a number of personal and community driven projects and can't seem to turn off his "idea" switch. The Red Fred Project finds children living in extraordinary circumstances and asks them the question: If you could write a book for the entire world to read, what would it be about? The books use photography, graphic design, story-telling techniques and star a likable group of birds made from commas and exclamation marks called The Jolly Troop.

Alexander Ortega is the Editor of SLUG Magazine, which covers music, arts, lifestyle and events. A published writer in A&E journalism, he’s recently begun to dabble in creative writing as well. He plays music in his punk band Filth Lords and also in his solo project, Alexander Ortega, which is actually a band, too.


Sugar Space

132 S 800 W
Salt Lake City , UT 84104
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Event Contact:

Michael McLane
mclane@utahhumanities.org
(801) 913-2167

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